November 21, 2019 | News by Rev. Matthew Ruffner
Over the past several weeks you have received multiple communications from me about the church’s 2020 Commitment season. I want to thank you for your generosity and commitment to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. I’m excited about all that God is doing in and through our community. I know that God will continue to transform our gifts, our time, our money into ministry through Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church!
Have you ever wondered how your commitment is transformed into ministry in and through PHPC? What does that actually look like? Those are fair questions! I’ve been eager to share the following news with you, and I think it’s a great example of just how God works through your generosity and commitment to PHPC.
Last summer, our Youth team began asking how they could help our young people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ in new and meaningful ways. They met, prayed, and dreamed. Together, they envisioned a reboot of our Sunday morning Youth House experience. As they reflected, they could clearly see that our young people craved a place not only to connect and belong, but also to go deeper in faith. They recognized that our young people relished asking hard questions of life and faith. They envisioned a Sunday morning worship service in the youth house. In September they launched Worship in the House. It’s been life-giving and Spirit-filled. A few weeks ago, our youth team asked our young people to reflect on their experience of Worship in the House and the services impact on their life and faith. This is what they said through a recent survey:
63.2% said they had learned and grown in their faith thanks to Worship in the house
The top 5 favorite things about Worship in the House were:
1. The youth band plays every week
2. The way we study scripture texts- broken down and together
3. The coffee cart & doughnuts (hospitality)
4. The series we have studied
5. Creative prayer opportunities & communion
Hear from our youth and volunteers about their experience at Worship in the House!
“I like that Worship in the House, as a format, is almost all “by youth for youth,” except for the core educational element which is generally led by the youth staff in an interactive and engaging manner. The scripture lessons are presented in ways that relate very clearly to today’s youth.” (Judy Burnett, youth volunteer)
“What I enjoy most about Worship in the House is that it enables us to study scripture together as a community in a way that is relevant to our own experiences as youth.”
“I feel like overall it’s well done, but when I especially enjoy it when we can choose discussion topics or series ideas since then we’re talking about things we find important.”
God is at work in and through you and our community! Thank you for the many ways you are committed to PHPC.
This Sunday, our Confirmands, will affirm the baptismal vows their parents made on their behalf when they were infants. It is one of my favorite Sundays of the year, and I look forward to sharing in this wonderful day with you all.
See you on Sunday!
Rev. Matthew Ruffner